Recently a friend, who was planning to get her mom an eReader for her birthday, asked me which eReader device I thought was the best. Those of you who know me or who have read my earlier posts know that I’m an eBook and eReader fanatic, so you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I ended up writing her a three-page e-mail about the pros and cons of three of the biggest devices on the market right now.
The more I thought about our conversation, the more curious I became about why people choose the eReader devices they use. I’m a big fan of my Sony, but I know several other readers who are just as happy with their Nooks and Kindles. All have their benefits and things that make them unique, so, how does an eBook convert decide on which device will benefit her the best? Kindle has been on the market the longest, but Nook has a color option, and Sony, Kindle, and Nook all offer wi-fi options for some of their devices. Plus, many indie publishers, such as Smashwords, offer eBook downloads for all devices—PDF, mobi (for Kindle), lrf (for Sony), and more.
So if the devices are all comparable and you can download the same books from the same websites and eBook stores, what makes one device stand out over another? The advice I gave my friend was to decide what kind of reading her mom wanted to do and pick one based on that. For example, if she liked to read a lot of magazines or children’s books to her grandkids, she may want to go with the color Nook because it can display pictures as you would see them in print. But if she would rather read novels that didn’t have pictures (or where black-and-white shots didn’t matter), Sony might be her best bet. And if she’s a fan of having a keyboard, she would likely enjoy a Kindle.
Regardless of what you pick, there are a lot of excellent options on the market right now. Just make sure to do some research on each device before you decide so that you know a little bit about all your options.